Widescreen and Aspect Ratios

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  1. Omar

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    Peeps,

    Question for you !

    If you are like me you are fully immersed in the festival of footy that is now available. However what is driving me mad is the broadcast that is available form BBC and ITV. They both appear not to be broadcasting the football in widescreen - is that right ? I seem to get the bars down either side of my screen on both those channels.

    I have a Panny TH-42PW6 using Sky Digital, both are set to 16:9 - it seems that the only way to get rid of these bars is by selecting H-Position and effectively stretching the screen. Is there another way ? Am i doing something wrong ?

    On the flip side when I watch a game on GB Eurosport channel 410 it fits the screen perfectly - no stretch required ! The obvious answer is of course to watch Eurosport all the time - but they dont show all the games !

    Any ideas peeps :confused: :confused:

    Cheers :smashin:
     
  2. gizlaroc

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    You could set your box to 4:3 and then it would fill the screen but be squashed.

    I don't know why BBC didn't buy one of the 16:9 feeds, if euro 1080 are filming the tournament then there must be widescreen feeds out there, probably to save a few quid?
     
  3. Omar

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    Defeats the object tho doesnt it ? It also dont look right.

    There must be another way ?
     
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    If the source is 4x3 then you can only fit it into a 16x9 display by:

    Surrounding it left and right with black
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    Cropping the top and bottom
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    Distorting it either uniformly or non-unformly

    That's it.
     
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    Thanks for the info- however I find it strange that Eurosport have managed it !!
     
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    I don't think that Eurosprt are broadcasting in 16:9, they are in 4:3 but your panel is probably using one of its zoom modes to fill the whole screen.
     
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    No you are wrong as it would do that for BBC and ITV then wouldn't it ??!!
     
  9. nickc

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    No it wouldn't.

    If your plasma is set to 16:9 then eurosport will be stretched.

    BBC & ITV are broadcasting in widescreen with the footy bit in a 4:3 window, hence the coloured side bits.
     
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    I set my Sky box to 4:3 and it does not look atall stretched,

    i had many people watching the football at mine on my PWD6 and nobody has mentioned anything about been stretched, or fat players etc, all they have said is the picture quality on ITV is bad
     
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    Then you are the only one in the country that is getting it in widescreen from BBC or ITV ;)

    set your box to 4:3 then see what mode your tv is in.
     
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    Whatever the reasons are the picture quality as previously mentioned is bad, but the black bits on the side drive me mad. I think it is a poor show by BBC and ITV hence why I watch Eurosport.

    I still believe however that Eurosport are broadcasting in 16:9 as I can see more of the pitch than BBC and ITV. If it were 4:3 and being strecthed by one of the Panels modes then surely I would not be able to see more of the pitch ?

    Maybe I am missing the point but just compare the pictures when a game is screened on both sides !!
     
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    You only get the bars on the side of the display if you are watching them through digital. If you watch through standard terestrial TV, the picture will stretch to 16:9 the same as Eurosport does. The are talking [email protected] when they say that to broadcast in widescreen isn't cost effective. They just need to broadcast as standard and not do any enhancements etc. for digital sets. Yet again the idiotic employees at the BBC & ITV thinking up great ways to waste the TV license payers money.


    Aaaaahhhhhh, I shouldn't have got started on this. :nono:
     

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